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Redskins TE Niles Paul says he was fined by NFL for custom cleats

Redskins TE Niles Paul says he was fined by NFL for custom cleats

Redskins tight end Niles Paul says he was fined $6,000 by the NFL for wearing custom cleats Sunday vs. Philadelphia, he said via Twitter on Wednesday. 

These were the cleats Paul wore.

After announcing the news, Paul had some fun with it.

Teammate Ricky Jean Francois also got a playful jab in. 


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Redskins VP of Pro Personnel Kyle Smith on Dwayne Haskins: 'All he needs is time'

Redskins VP of Pro Personnel Kyle Smith on Dwayne Haskins: 'All he needs is time'

Dwayne Haskins knows that the Redskins starting quarterback job will not be given to him; he must earn it. Ron Rivera has made that clear multiple times since taking over as the team's head coach.

Rivera has mentioned he's excited about Haskins' future, too, but the new head coach could also be looking for the second-year quarterback to use this offseason to go above and beyond and truly take command and ownership of the job. Doug Williams, the Redskins senior vice president of development, said as much earlier this week.

Redskins vice president of pro personnel Kyle Smith believes thus far, Haskins has done exactly that.

"He's ready to do everything he possibly can," Smith said to local media on Tuesday in Indianapolis, speaking for the first time since being promoted to his current role in January. "The other day he told me he's bringing the guys down to Florida to throw with them and do the things he can do. He's doing all the extra stuff that we expect of him and he's got a bright future."

Working out with teammates at an off-site location during the offseason is not uncommon for NFL players. The league has placed multiple rules and regulations on NFL teams that restrict the amount of hands-on access coaches can have with players. It's up to the players to go about it themselves and coordinate times to work out together.

In addition to reaching out to his wideouts to schedule offseason work, Haskins has remained in the building since the season ended and continued to work on his craft. That's something Smith has noticed.

"He's smiling walking around the building," Smith said. "He's excited, he's energized."

The 22-year-old is still raw when it comes to experience; he only started one year at Ohio State and seven games a year ago as a rookie. Smith recognizes this and believes time will serve Haskins extremely well.

"All he needs is time. He's a young kid, man," Smith said. "He's got the right stuff. He's a good kid, he works hard. We're all excited about Dwayne."

Haskins had more than his fair share of growing pains as a rookie, but the Ohio State product really started to catch his stride towards the end of the season. Through the final six quarters of Haskins' season, he threw for 394 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

Haskins' progression towards the end of the 2019 campaign has excited many in the building, Smith included.

"I'm really excited about Dwayne," Smith said. "Obviously, as everybody has seen, he kind of ascended as the season went on. He played in [seven] games, he kept improving. I just had a conversation with him the other day. I'm excited, man."

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What stands out about Chase Young? 'Everything,' according to Redskins' Kyle Smith

What stands out about Chase Young? 'Everything,' according to Redskins' Kyle Smith

In what may be the least surprising development in the history of developments, Redskins Vice President of Player Personnel Kyle Smith faced a few questions about Chase Young on Tuesday at the NFL Combine.

One such query was aimed at getting Smith to pinpoint what most stands out about the Ohio State edge force. Smith was more than happy to answer, but he didn't exactly pinpoint anything specific.

"I think everything," he told the assembled media in Indianapolis. "He's got measurables, he's got production, he plays hard. So those are all good qualities to have as a pass rusher."

That response syncs up with essentially everyone else's review of Young's skill set.

An Ohio State beat writer told the Redskins Talk podcast Young is "pretty much a finished product." Terry McLaurin, who shared the field with Young for the Buckeyes, thinks the defender has the same intangibles and gifts of the Bosa brothers. Dwayne Haskins, another ex-teammate of the 20-year-old, has used the term "game-wrecker."

As for Smith's take, he's been able to closely monitor Young for a while now. While the executive was recently elevated after Ron Rivera's hiring to a new position that puts him in charge of both college and pro evaluation, he had been solely on the college side before then.

So, he's likely been looking into Young longer than most, an effort that's clearly ramping up now considering Washington's draft position.

"I've made school calls on a lot of these guys, him included," Smith said. "I've seen him live, I've seen him in person, watched his tape, talked to the coaches, all the deal. I've done the whole background stuff and I've heard great things about him. They talk highly of him there."

But, like any other skilled NFL decision-maker would, Smith made sure to stop short of shedding any real light on the Redskins' plans for late-April.

"He is one of a lot of players — it's a good draft," he said. "I mean, there's a lot of really good players that'll be in consideration."

Yes, there's a lot of really good players, and the Burgundy and Gold should be examining each and every one of them. That said, there's only one Chase Young, and if others in the organization share Smith's opinion that Young has "everything," then expect the Redskins to ignore all incoming calls and make him the first selection of the Rivera era.